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Panasonic AU-EVA1

With the launch fo the AU-EVA1 in 2017 Panasonic closed the gap between the Lumix GH5 and the Varicam series.

In 2014 Panasonic launched the Varicam 35, two years later the Varicam 35 LT was launched. With the launch fo the AU-EVA1 Panasonic closed the gap between the Lumix GH5 and the Varicam series.

The central feature, as in the Varicam series, is the dual ISO recording system. Panasonic state that the AU-EVA1 has two native ISO values, ISO800 and ISO2500, which can be extended to a maximum of ISO25.600 via a gain function. Low light quality is acceptable up to about ISO5000 and is sufficient for most filming situations, however when compared to other cameras, the EVA1 is not a low-light specialist.

The sensor measures 24.6 mm x 12.97 mm (Super35mm) and offers the ability to record at up to 5720x3016 pixels. The 5.7K sensor helps to deliver more detailed images through its higher native resolution. This can then be down-scaled to 4K, UHD, 2K or HD. The sensor mode can also be set between 5.7K, 2.8K and 4/3 "Crop.

The camera can record in 4K, UHD and HD at up to 60 frames progressive in 4: 2: 2 10-bit codec and up to 240 frames per second in 2K and HD (with a sensor crop). The camera has an EF mount, electronic image stabilization (EIS), built-in ND filters with 2, 4, and 6 stops (including IR filter).

The AU-EVA1 has 14 stops of dynamic range. It also handles color processing of 4: 2: 2 10bit (400Mbit / s) with 4K recordings.  The EVA1 can shoot in V-LOG/V-Gamut and there are also 5 different scene files that can be used. These scene files can also be customised by making changes to the Gamma, Detail, Black Point etc. Scene files can be saved and loaded from an SD card. Scene 5 is for HDR , and supports HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) in the REC.2020 colour space.

The AU-EVA1 weighs only 1.2 kg (Body) and is very compact (17 cm x 13.5 cm x 13.3 cm).

The handle of the camera is quite similar to handles of other manufacturers, such as Sony or Canon. It is removable and can be rotated. Record start / stop, aperture, menu as well as two freely assignable user buttons are integrated in the handle. The orientation of the handle can be changed very quickly via the close thumb release button, so you can easily switch between different recording heights and positions. However, the control cable is very short and when filming with the camera on the shoulder it is not easy to find a comfortable position for the handle. Additional accessories can help here.

The Panasonic AU-EVA1 has no continuous auto focus function, face or object tracking. Use of the push-auto button can help here, or focus-peaking when in manual mode.

Since there is no integrated view finder, the LCD monitor can be attached to different mounting points on the camera. The LCD monitor is 3.5" and provides a touch screen, which enables adjustment of the camera settings. The monitor is highly reflective, so care needs to be taken when shooting outdoors, as it can be hard to see the image in strong sunlight.

The EVA1 has built-in electronic ND filters that are adjustable between Clear, 0.6ND, 1.2ND and 1.8ND. The Panasonic AU-EVA1 consumes relatively little power (19W), so a full day of shooting can be achieved with three standard (5800mAh) batteries.

The camera has two SD card slots with different recording configurations available. Simultaneous recording of the same video (simultaneous recording), automatic switching to the second SD card during recording (relay recording), loop recording or pre-recording are all options that can be assigned to the card recorders.

All adjustment controls are arranged on the left side of the camera. They are easy to reach and operate during recording. There are nine configurable user buttons to enable frequently used functions to be assigned and operated quickly.

The audio controls allow for adjustment between automatic and manual levels, however operators will need to access the menu to choose between mic and line level or activate the phantom power (48V).

The AU-EVA1 works well in handheld operation and can be attached to a drone, gimbal rig or camera crane. The AU-EVA1 comes with numerous mounting options for accessories. The camera can also record at 5.7K RAW via an external recorder, this is achieved via a recently released firmware update to enable RAW output.

HDMI and SDI outputs can also be used for recording or monitoring.  

For high-speed shooting, the camera offers 59.94fps / 50fps at 4K / UHD and up to 120fps / 100fps at 2K / Full HD or 240fps / 200fps (4 / 3''cropped area) internally to the memory card. A firmware update for 2K / VFR mode with Intra Codec has been announced.


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